Jacob Kauffman

Reporter / Anchor

Jacob Kauffman is a reporter for KUAR. During the legislative session, he wrote the online column Capitol Access. He has worked with the Arkansas Legislative Digest and is currently on the board of the MacArthur Military History Museum. 

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Local & Regional News
3:36 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Highway Report for Friday Afternoon and Prediction for Saturday Morning

A Service of the Arkansas Highway Department
Credit arkansashighways.com

Ice, sleet, and snow have been affecting roadways in the state but so far there have not been any major accidents, delays, or closings.

David Nillis with the Highway Department said, “There have been some fender benders out there, nothing that has blocked any of the major arteries or that is blocking the travel lanes. We just encourage people to drive slowly and keep plenty of distance between you and the vehicle and front. Overall, we’ve had a pretty, pretty good day on the roadways.”

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Local & Regional News
3:23 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Beebe's Radio Address on Statewide Emergency

Governor Mike Beebe
Credit Governor's office

Governor Mike Beebe spoke to the effects of severe weather on Arkansans in his weekly radio address. Beebe clarified what his statewide emergency declaration means for government’s ability to function.

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Local & Regional News
6:01 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

ExxonMobil: Eight Months and 17 Lawsuits Later

Mayflower Oil Spill Lake Conway
Credit Joint Command

Lawsuits and allegations of safety violations are mounting against ExxonMobil over the rupture of a pipeline that spilled thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower. 

Over eight months have passed since the Pegasus Pipeline ruptured and there are at least 17 lawsuits filed against Exxon or its subsidiaries in state and federal courts.

Earlier this month the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration alleged nine "probable" violations of safety regulations related to the spill.

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Local & Regional News
4:17 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates

Both the Libertarian Party of Arkansas and the Green Party have already submitted enough signatures to be on the ballot for the 2014 elections. On Saturday the Green Party announced a candidate for governor and US senate.

Hot Springs attorney Josh Drake is running for governor while Huntsville resident Mark Swaney is running for US senate.

The party's public relations officer Rebekah Kennedy identified climate change, fossil fuel dependence, and the infringement of civil liberties as key issues in both candidates' campaigns.

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Local & Regional News
5:10 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

KUAR Newscast Nov. 21, 2013 5:04 p.m.

KUAR Newscast: Nov. 21, 2013, 5:04 P.M.

Arkansas's Senators place their votes and articulate their positions on the nuclear option; Pulaski County Clerk says same-sex marriage suit should be removed from federal court and joined with a similar state suit; Morrillton gets a $5 million investment and 75 jobs from a Vietnam based company.

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Local & Regional News
2:36 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Senators Pryor And Boozman Vote Against Filibuster Changes

Senators Pryor and Boozman

The passing of the so called “nuclear option” in the US Senate Thursday drew opposition from both of Arkansas' Senators. The rule change allows for executive and judicial nominees, other than Supreme Court justices, to be confirmed by a simple majority rather than the previous requirement of 60 votes.

Although Senator Mark Pryor voted to consider the change, he was ultimately one of only three Democrats to vote against the measure.

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Local & Regional News
4:12 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Proposed Prison Healthcare Delivery Arkansas's Largest Contract Ever

Rising Prison Healthcare Costs
Credit pewstates.org

The future of the largest contract with a private entity in state history was the center of discussion over prison healthcare in Friday's Arkansas Legislative Council meeting. The proposed 9 year, $92 million contract drew questions over its size and the search process selecting Correct Care Solutions as the best company for comprehensive medical and pharmaceutical services.

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Local & Regional News
6:11 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Veterans Day Activities in Central Arkansas

Doughboy Statue at Hendrix College (Recently Moved to a New Memorial Plaza)
Credit flickr.com

There are a number of events being hosted Monday in Central Arkansas in observance of Veterans Day.

Those wishing to publicly acknowledge the service of veterans have a range of of activities choose from starting at 11 a.m. Governor Mike Beebe will be speaking in Little Rock's River Market district in conjunction with the 106th Army Band. At the same time in Cabot Representative Rick Crawford will be at an American Legion sponsored ceremony.

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Local & Regional News
3:48 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Damien Echols Returns to Arkansas to Speak at UCA

Damien Echols
Credit wikipedia.org

It’s been over two years since Damien Echols, of the West Memphis Three, was released from prison and he’s making a rare trip back to Arkansas Monday to speak at UCA. Echols and his wife Lorri are traveling from their home in Massachusetts as part of the university’s Artist-in-Residence Series to discuss two books he has authored.

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Local & Regional News
3:10 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen and Critical Habitat Designation

Neosho Mucket
Credit gpnc.org

A recent proposal by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to protect two species of mussels in Arkansas is being met with opposition. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has details.

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